Housing’s role in tackling domestic abuse highlighted as new figures show a slight rise in incidents in Scotland
New figures released today (Tuesday 27 November) by the Scottish Government show that the number of domestic abuse incidents recorded by Police Scotland have risen slightly in the period from 2017-18.
The police recorded 59,541 incidents of domestic abuse in 2017-18, which represents an increase of 1% compared to the previous year. In 2017-18, 44% of incidents resulted in at least one crime or offence being committed.
Commenting on the figures, CIH President Jim Strang said:
“This rise in domestic abuse incidents in Scotland, albeit a relatively small one, shows that domestic abuse continues to be one of the most damaging issues facing our society today and we know that it remains one of the leading causes of homelessness amongst women.
“As a sector, we have a responsibility to ask what more we can do to help tackle this growing problem and CIH, in partnership with Women’s Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA), is leading the way with its Make a Stand campaign which encourages housing organisations to commit to four focused, but easily deliverable commitments to provide support for people experiencing domestic abuse.
“The response to the campaign has been fantastic so far, with 28 social landlords in Scotland covering over 180,000 homes already signed up.
“However, there is still more to do. We would like to see all of Scotland’s social landlords commit to the CIH Make a Stand campaign and to take note of new national guidance being produced by CIH Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid, Shelter Scotland, and SFHA, amongst others, due to be published in Spring 2019.
“We would also like to call on the Scottish Government to do more to ensure that survivors of domestic abuse are able to stay in their own homes and to provide more financial support to those facing financial hardship as a result of domestic abuse.”
Notes to Editors
1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at: www.cih.org
2. Further information about the CIH Make a Stand campaign can be found here.
3. For further information, please contact Callum Chomczuk, National Director of CIH Scotland on 0131 225 4544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org